The FlightPrep patent story took another turn Friday when NavMonster.com, which pulled down its popular site about two weeks ago, suddenly announced it had reached a deal with FlightPrep and will relaunch an updated website early in the New Year. "We got all the lawyers and programmers together from both sides, and after some good discussions, an agreement has been reached," NavMonster owner Marc Alexander said in a statement posted on the site. "No more patent infringement worries." It's a significant change in tone from the angry condemnation that appeared on the site two weeks ago when Alexander announced he was pulling the pin.
In his latest post, Alexander suggests the site is coming back by popular demand and will be better in its new form. "Since the site is already down, we're taking the opportunity to change a few things around," he wrote. "But NavMonster should be back, stronger than ever, on the first of the new year." We may not discover the details of Alexander's change of heart since FlightPrep requires the signing of a non-disclosure agreement before licensing negotiations begin. The NavMonster deal brings to two the licensing agreements negotiated on FlightPrep's patent. SkyVector also has a deal. Meanwhile, the lawsuit against RunwayFinder continues through the court process. Both sides have agreed to a month-long delay in those proceedings.